It is a truly green energy. Seaweed farming for biogas could become a major industry for the west coast of Scotland, according to a new report. It could be a second coming for seaweed. Many isolated islands still have the remains of kelpers’ huts from the times when seaweed was burnt to extract potash and soda, which were important chemicals in the soap and glass industry and widely used for linen bleaching. But now seaweed is set for a new and lucrative future. An independent report commissioned by the ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne, or CalMac, says seaweed power could transform communities. Experts at both MacArthur Green, the Glasgow-based environmental consultants, and University of the West of Scotland’s School of Science and Sport and School of Business and Enterprise suggested scenarios that could emerge over the next quarter of a century along the west coast. Among them was converting seaweed to biofuel.
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